What started as a slow first half with not a lot of promises for a Thunder win escalated quickly into Thunder dominance after halftime securing a second consecutive win for Oklahoma City.
The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 128-110 in front of an energetic Thunder crowd on Tuesday night, and after dropping game two of the season to the Clippers in Los Angeles 108-92, the Thunder had a vengeance coming into tonight’s matchup.
“I’m not worried,” Paul George said after the Thunder picked up their fourth loss of the season against Boston this past Thursday at 101-95. “I know we’ll be alright.”
And that they were tonight outscoring the Clippers 39-10 in the third quarter alone marking this the largest point deficiency in a single quarter in franchise history.
- A lot less 3’s were taken in this game, and I think that is the route to go. 3’s have not been the Thunder’s forte thus far, and though the season is early, the Thunder need to stop relying so heavily on 3-pointers to be their go-to shot in crucial situations. The Thunder shot 53% from behind the arc tonight, and though that is a dramatic improvement from previous games, the Thunder need to utilize strong in-the-paint scorers like Steven Adams and Russell Westbrook more than kicking it out to Patrick Patterson and Alex Abrines for those longer jumpers.
- Defense is getting stronger. The Thunder forced 24 turnovers on the Clippers, and they were able to score 13 off of nine turnovers at the half. Getting stops on good shooting teams will be vital as the season continues, and if every man steps up on defense forcing offensive strategies off, the Thunder will have more opportunities to refrain from giving up so many points to opposing teams.
- Russell Westbrook had fire in his feet and veins tonight. He’s really starting to shake off the remaining rust from his knee surgery and play with more of that Russell Westbrook style Thunder fans know and love. He brings energy to the court like no other, and this Thunder team recognizes him as their leader. The steady flow of the game seems more intact when he is on the floor, and he should definitely stick to keeping his shots in the paint. Russ went 13-25 from the field tonight, but he was only 1-3 from 3-point range, and his drive to the basket is more of a secure shot for him.
The Thunder will hit the road for a back-to-back showdown first with the Hornets in Charlotte on Thursday, and the Wizards in D.C. on Friday before returning home Monday night to host Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans at 7 p.m.
Watch here for a postgame wrap-up and full locker room pressers from Russell Westbrook, Steven Adams, Paul George and Dennis Schroder following tonight’s win.